Eater’s national critic Bill Addison is a tireless man, traveling the country in search of the nation’s up-and-coming and stalwart restaurants. The website today released its list of America’s 38 Essential restaurants. One Austin restaurant made the grade. The big shot? Franklin Barbecue. Addison writes, “The most famous barbecue restaurant in America deserves its celebrity; every omnivore should wade through the long (really long) line once to fathom Aaron Franklin’s smoky pyrotechnics.”

On April 28, 2017, Aaron Franklin greeted customers at Franklin’s Barbecue, which he co-owns with his wife Stacy Franklin. nvestors offering to expand the restaurant into a chain. “This is our little bit of old school Austin,” Franklin said about his restaurant. “We’re not changing.” (RESHMA KIRPALANI / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

The only other Texas restaurant to make the list was fellow James Beard award-winner Hugo Ortega’s namesake restaurant in Houston. Check out the complete list of Eater’s Essential 38 here.

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